Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, situated in Mecklenburg County, is a small town made up of 1.2 square miles.

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The area around Charlotte was first settled by the Catawba Native American tribe, and upon European settlement, most of the population would die due to smallpox.

In 1755, the area that would become Charlotte was first settled by European settler Thomas Spratt and his family.

The nickname of "The Queen City" is in reference to the Charlotte of Mecklenberg-Strelitz. Another nickname for Charlotte is "The Hornet's Nest" because the town was referred to as a hornet's nest of rebellion by British General Cornwallis during the Revolutionary War.

On May 20th the town celebrated "MecDec" which is in honor of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence in 1775 making it one of the first declarations in the wake of the signing of the entire nation's Declaration of Independence.

Charlotte is home to the earliest recorded documentation of gold being found which in turn set off the nation's first gold rush in the area.

The city was hit by Hurricane Hugo in 1989 which caused mass amounts of damage and took months of clean up after knocking power out for weeks.

The city was hit by an ice storm in 2002 which left over a million residents without power.

In September 2016 the town was enveloped in riots after police shootings.

Charlotte, situated in Mecklenburg County, is a small town made up of 1.2 square miles.


The median resident age in Charlotte is 34 years. The median estimated household income is about $54,000 making it about $6,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $33,000. The average price for a home in Charlotte is about $189,000 (2015) which is $39,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $1,000 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Charlotte is 43% White, 34% Black, 14% Hispanic, 6% Asian and 3% other. 88% of the population are high school graduates, with 42% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 43% are married, 10% are divorced, 3% are separated, 4% are widowed, leaving 40% that have never been married.

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Mecklenburg County

Charlotte belongs to Mecklenburg County in the eastern part of North Carolina. The County, previously known as Mecklenburg Precinct (1712), is part of the Washington, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. Mecklenburg County has a population of 48,000 and its largest city Washington, with a population of 10,000, is the county seat.

Mecklenburg County borders Washington, Pamlico, Hyde, Craven, Martin, and Pitt counties.

Mecklenburg County is made up of 958 square miles. 827 of which is land with the remaining 131 as water.


The population of Charlotte, NC is about 827,000. The population has been rapidly increasing since it's founding.


The elevation of Charlotte, NC is 751 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip codes for Charlotte, NC are 28078, 28105, 28134, 28202, 28203, 28204, 28205, 28206, 28207, 28208, 28209, 28210, 28211, 28212, 28213, 28214, 28215, 28216, 28217, 28226, 28227, 28244, 28262, 28269, 28270, 28273, 28277, 28278, 28280, 28282.

Area Code

The area codes for Charlotte, NC are 704 and 980.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Charlotte and Mecklenburg County have voted mostly Democrat, with 60% going to Barrack Obama during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous three or four elections.

As of 2010, 48% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 40% are Protestants, Catholics make up around 9%, and 3% other.


The unemployment rate for Charlotte is about 5% (2015), making it the same as the state average of around 5%. Construction, finance/insurance, manufacturing, and retail make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Mecklenburg Times and the Charlotte Observer are the primary newspapers that cover the Mecklenburg County area.


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